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How Do Dentists Clean Teeth? What To Expect At Your Dental Cleaning

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Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for a healthy and confident smile. Regular dental visits, including professional teeth cleanings, play a crucial role in achieving optimal oral health. 

If you’re wondering how dentists clean teeth, this comprehensive guide will provide you with all the information you need to know. From the initial examination to the final polishing, we’ll take you step by step through the process.

The Importance of Professional Teeth Cleanings

Regular professional teeth cleanings are vital for maintaining oral health. While daily brushing and flossing are essential, they can’t remove all the plaque and tartar that accumulate on your teeth over time. 

Professional cleanings help remove these deposits, preventing the development of gum disease, cavities, and other dental issues. Additionally, regular check-ups allow your dentist to detect any potential problems early on, ensuring prompt treatment and preventing further complications.

The Initial Examination

A typical teeth cleaning appointment at LifestyleSmiles starts with a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. Your dentist or dental hygienist will use a small mirror to check for any signs of gum disease, tooth decay, or other oral health concerns. This initial assessment helps determine the level of cleaning required and whether any additional treatments are necessary.

Removing Plaque and Tartar

Once the examination is complete, your dental hygienist will get to work on removing any plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth, while tartar is hardened plaque that cannot be removed through regular brushing and flossing. 

Our dental professionals use specialised instruments, such as a scaler, to gently scrape away these deposits from the surfaces of your teeth and along the gum line. This process is generally painless.

At Lifestylesmiles we use the state of the Airflow machine, which sprays out warm water and fine powders which is great for removal of tea, coffee and smoking stains without causing sensitivity to your teeth. This has been a huge success for those who have sensitive teeth or those who cannot stand the high pitched sound using traditional dental instruments.

Polishing the Teeth

After the plaque and tartar have been removed, your dental hygienist will use a high-powered electric brush and gritty toothpaste to polish your teeth. This polish helps remove any remaining stains and leaves your teeth feeling smooth and clean. 

It’s important to note that professional tooth polishing should only be done twice a year to avoid excessive enamel wear. Therefore, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices at home, including regular brushing and flossing.

Expert Flossing

Professional flossing is a crucial step in the teeth cleaning process. Even if you floss regularly at home, a dental hygienist’s expertise allows them to reach areas that may be difficult for you to access on your own. 

They will carefully floss between each tooth, removing any residual plaque or toothpaste from the previous steps. This thorough flossing ensures that your teeth and gums are completely